There are countless people out there who will tell you what to eat and how to eat it. They will tell you to starve yourself or cut out major portions of food in order to lose weight. Hence, the internet can be a very confusing place to go for health advice, and even though this article is also a part of the World Wide Web, it will not tell you what not to eat but what to include in your diet to be healthier. Eating healthier doesn’t always link to losing weight, everyone needs to be in healthy in order to live a rich and fulfilling life.
There isn’t a complex road map to eating healthy as long as you stick to the basics. Small, everyday changes in your diet will make a big impact and help to make you and your plate look, feel and be healthier.
The time in which you consume your meal greatly affects how your body uses the food for your body. Studies show that people who eat faster consume up to 115 percent more calories than someone who eats slowly. Fast eaters are more likely not to chew their food enough times which results in more weight gain and nutrients that are not digested properly.
Our body is made up of around 60 percent water content, therefore it needs to be replenished as we lose this water when we breath, sweat, urinate etc. Six to eight glasses of water are recommended a day, so an easy way to meet this goal is to carry a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day. We also intake water from food as well, this includes fruits and vegetables, non-alcoholic drinks and low-fat milk.
Get Rid of Fizzy Drinks
There is nothing healthy about a fizzy drink. They are carbonated liquids full of acids and sugar which have no nutritional benefits to your body, therefore the first step to heathy living is to get rid of your cans and bottles.
Eat Whole Foods
Simply put, stay away from processed foods and indulge in foods that are actually grown in the ground, also called ‘whole foods’. Processed foods contain unhealthy amounts of sodium and sugar which the processing takes out all the nutrients that are beneficial for your body. Instead, opt for healthy snacks like a bag of baby carrots or celery sticks.
Snacks Are Your Friends
Eating snacks in between meals is a great way to keep your stomach healthy and active. Also, going too long without meals can slow down your metabolism and increase food intake at your next meal. Be mindful about the snacks you eat, they shouldn’t be processed and be high in protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre. Keep snacks such as nuts, seeds and fruits handy in your desk drawer at work or even a pouch in your bag.
Shop with a List
Never go grocery shopping without a list, you may forget something important or also buy more than what you need. Another thing to keep in mind is to never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach this results in impulse buying. By sticking to a list you only buy the things you actually need and stay away from unhealthy temptations.
Do Not Skip Meals
This is worst possible mistake people can make. Eating regularly boosts your metabolism and keeps it running at full speed. Plus, it also provides ample energy throughout the day to keep you awake and focused. This also eliminates the mistake of overeating and compensating for the days’ intake in one sitting. Experts also recommend that you eat snacks throughout the day.
Baked Over Fried
When dining-out or dining-in, opt for the baked option as much as you can. Baked goods taste just as good if not better and are low in fat and oil, which means less fats and cholesterol accumulates in your body. Studies have shown that baked potatoes or wedges contain at least 3 times less calories than fried french fries.
Eat Your Greens
Get into the habit of eating a salad or some stir-fried vegetables before a meal. They’re a great sources of fibre and are full of energy. Eating more vegetables can help with controlling blood sugar levels and makes as a great appetizer so you don’t overdo it at dinner.
Give Yourself a Break
We are all human and we all crave that little something processed or greasy. It’s okay to indulge in these habits now and then as long we don’t make a habit of it.